Healthy Pizza Recipes: Filo Or Phyllo Dough Pizza With Feta, Basil And Tomatoes

Phyllo Dough Pizza

Another marvelous way to cut calories and make your own pizza! Phyllo (filo , fillo ) dough pizza is very easy to make and this is but one idea for ingredients.

Phyllo dough is found in the freezer section of the supermarket and usually comes in a 2-roll pack. Remember to defrost the phyllo dough for 2 hours before assembling the pizza but then the phyllo dough will last in the refrigerator for weeks afterward. Return the unused roll to the freezer.

Try the video recipe for the dessert phyllo concoction - it looks fantastic and now I'm glad I have leftover phyllo dough in my fridge.

This is a great recipe from Cooking Light magazine some time back that I just love to tweak to what I have at hand.

Picture by Audrey Kirchner
Picture by Audrey Kirchner

Phyllo Dough Pizza ala Caprese (More or Less)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup crumbled reduced fat feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano - or 1/2-1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 10 sheets of frozen phyllo dough thawed (2 hours needed to thaw)
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups thinly sliced plum/Roma tomatoes - drained on paper towels before placing on
  • 1/3 cup thin sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves



PREPARATION:

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Coat a cooking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Combine mozzarella cheese through salt and pepper in a bowl.
  4. Place 1 sheet of phyllo dough on cooking sheet - spray with cooking spray. Add 2 more pieces of phyllo dough, spraying each one with cooking spray - so they are stacked. (This gives you your crispness)
  5. Sprinkle phyllo dough layer with 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture.
  6. Repeat this 5 more times at the end ending with 2 phyllo sheets.
  7. Coat the top phyllo sheet with the cooking spray and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of cheese mixture.
  8. Arrange the tomato slices on top but leave a little border from edge of phyllo dough.
  9. Sprinkle with green onions and remaining 6 tablespoons of cheese mixture.
  10. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until golden.
  11. Sprinkle with basil leaves - or add basil leaves a minute or so before done cooking.
  12. Allow to stand 5-10 minutes before cutting.

Apple Phyllo Pizza

Other Ideas

  • Use gorgonzola cheese with or instead of the feta cheese
  • Use fontina cheese or another Italian cheese in place of mozzarella
  • Combine grilled chicken, spinach leaves, and kalamata olives for the top layer
  • Use sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and kalamata olives for the top layer
  • Use your imagination - anything that you can imagine on a pizza, it works here although you need to put something thinly between the layers of the phyllo dough such as cheeses to give it some body and denseness
  • It also refrigerates well and is just as crispy the next day

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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Writinginalaska - quite a bit of difference - phyllo dough is paper thin and you have to actually use many layers of it to achieve the same results as puff pastry. It is also way less in calories!


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writinginalaska 5 years ago from southeast Alaska

what is the difference between puff pastry and phyllo dough?


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks as always for commenting - it is so light you almost don't feel guilty having a second piece!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Perfect! I love phyllo dough so I know this is a winner. I love to play with pizza and toppings.

Thanks so much for all the information! Yay! Pizza!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Any guy making a pizza can't be an idiot! Hope you enjoy it!


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

"drained on paper towels before placing on" - Hmmmm so that's what I've been doing wrong! :-)

This looks like that even an idiot like me can manage it. Many thanks :D


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks for commenting - it is super simple and SO light and delicious!


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Karen Ellis 6 years ago from Central Oregon

I can't wait to try this. It sounds like authentic Italian pizza, but simple to make. I've put this on my favorites.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks, Raymond for commenting! Hope you enjoy it. We may be having it tonight for dinner as well.


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Raymond Tremain 6 years ago from Metro Manila Philippines

Thanks you have just given me the idea just what to have for tea tonight, so I got some pastry out of my freezer and I have everything else that can go on it.

You say you love a guy who cooks well so do I cook,

well to spell phyllo is different to the way we spell it ( fillo)but I knew what you ment.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks mboosali for commenting - yes, phyllo is one of my favorites! It makes great pot pies, too!


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mboosali 6 years ago from Minneapolis

wow, that's making me hungry!

I'ma have to try this. Is there any dough that is more diverse in it's possible uses?

It goes with desserts, It goes with spinach and feta, It goes with apple, and now Pizza.

Phyllo is amazing!

and girly girl09, is greek salad ever not a good appetizer? had it today, and yesterday, and the day before that, and I'll probably have it tomorrow too. :)

-The half Greek mboosali


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

That actually sounds delicious! I made some pizza dough the other night and have it in the fridge and think I'm going to make some calzones instead of pizza - we should start a catering gig!


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girly_girl09 6 years ago from United States

It will go incredibly well with a greek salad. can't wait! I have to go buy some phyllo dough, so I will make a greek salad as an appetizer while I wait for it to thaw. :D


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks girly girl for commenting - it really is light and delicious!


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girly_girl09 6 years ago from United States

YUM! I am totally making this tonight for dinner. Anything with phyllo dough and feta is good in my book!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks, Darlene - gotta still have some fun things in life - like pizza!


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Yes, a fantastic hub my dear friend, I love pizza and all the healthy foods you can add to it, great recipe, thumbs up...


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

You mean phyllo dough isn't low on carbs? I know - but I love those recipes! Thanks for commenting as always.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

OMG - I can smell it from here!! You're not helping my low carb diet! lol


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Too funny - maybe you should do a hub (or maybe you did and I missed it) - nobody like Groucho.


ralwus 6 years ago

Ohhh and you have never seen me tango. Like Groucho. xox


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

You just crack me up! You would be my kinda guy then, Charlie! The nice thing is truly when the man you love (or the woman you love) enjoys similar things - and cooks - or cleans - it just makes life all that easier and better! I always say it takes 2 to tango - but it is much better to tango together than apart!


ralwus 6 years ago

Oh my. I have a huge shop vac with a long hose. woot!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks sweet pea! Appreciate it - gotta love a guy who can cook - I always say - put an apron on a man and a spatula in his hand (or a hose in his hand - from the vacuum) - and I'm in love!


ralwus 6 years ago

I love that stuff, and it is not too bad to work with once you learn to be quick with it. Great recipe, bookmarked.

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